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  • n. A trap for catching hunting birds, consisting of a cage with bait and a slip noose.


From an Indian word meaning "small umbrella" because of its shape. (Wiktionary)


  • Dmytryk's group had been using a trap called a bal-chatri, a trap made of wire mesh, to try to catch the injured hawk.

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  • When the hawk lands on the bal-chatri and tries unsuccessfully to grab the bait, its feet tangle in the nooses.


  • You can make a bal-chatri from slats of cane, hardware cloth, or kitchen wire—for a small bird like a kestrel, even a kitchen strainer will do.



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  • Precisely! Touché!

    September 28, 2009

  • Oh, you mean a hawking basket.

    September 28, 2009

  • A classic trap used to capture birds of prey for falconry and other purposes consisting of a wire cage usually containing a live prey item, the exterior of which is furnished with numerous nooses fashioned from mono-filament fishing line or other inconspicuous or nearly invisible cordage for the purpose of snaring any bird that alights on the baited trap.

    September 28, 2009